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Blessed is Steve Pavlina

Posted by Lex Fear on May 28, 2008

Pavlova - Good for You“I’m now going to give you 10 reasons why getting an education is good, but going to school is one of the worst ways to go about it. Since Media Studies seems to be the most popular course for undergraduates these days, I’ll slant this article towards Media Studies and it’s ubiquitous failings. However, you’ll find that most of these points apply equally well to other educational courses (yes, even Management Science).”

This is how Steve Pavlina’s desultory article, 10 Reasons You Should Never Have Religion, would have started if he had been writing about education. It gets worse from there on. Setting up a field of straw men, Steve proceeds to hack away at his own ideological perception of Christianity whilst nebulously applying it to all religions, even Buddhism.

I’m not even going to attempt a debunk since there is no consistent rhyme or reason, just a bunch of ill-conceived arguments and logical fallacies coated with outright and simple prejudice.

Instead, I found a hilarious and unintended irony near the bottom of his piece. Under point 10, Faith is fear, he quotes and ad-libs the beatitudes:

Blessed are the poor (donate heavily).

Let’s ignore the fact that he didn’t even bother to reference where this quote is from (does he even know?), and also the implicit alternative to this statement, Blessed are the rich.

What caught my attention was the appended line at the bottom of the article in bold, which appears to be appended in some form to all of his articles:

If you find this site helpful, please leave a donation for Steve so you can enjoy the spirit of giving too.

Awesome! So where did Steve inherit this “spirit of giving” anyhow? Seriously, was this an article on religion or was it simply a pitch for people who are religiously minded, or considering religion, to join the religion of Steve Pavlova?

If religion, and specifically Christianity, asks people to donate and join in the spirit of giving then it’s fake and greedy, if Steve Pavlova asks you to donate, then it’s simply because he’s spiritual and truly believes in the spirit of giving!

So blessed are the rich, blessed is Steve Pavlova.

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4 Responses to “Blessed is Steve Pavlina”

  1. Eric P said

    In another article on his site, I read:

    “This web site is an example of such a system. At the time of this writing, it generates about $9000 a month in income for me (update: $40,000 a month as of 10/31/06), and it isn’t my only income stream either.”

    Oy gevalt!

    Apparently he really *is* enjoying the Spirit of Giving!

    For those not interested in being brainwashed by superstitious beliefs, he also helpfully provides a link to “Love Spells from a real witch.”

    Steve Pavlina, almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. Oh wait, I’m one already. Well then, thanks for strengthening my faith.

  2. cecilieaux said

    Here I am with you. Not because I am Christian any more, but because his caricature is inept. This guy is clearly a non-religious snake-oil salesman. One can hardly tell the difference between him and the average televangelist.

  3. […] an example from Steve Pavlina (see my previous post). He asks people to abandon guilt and fear and move towards an ambiguous spirituality of your own. […]

  4. Excellent catch and article mate…

    There is so much to say on this – I really ought to get off my backside and blog myself rather than just commenting on yours 😉 –
    but apart from the “donate” link, which is funny and obnoxious at the same time…

    …I have to admit he managed to wind me up at one point…

    quote “The more religious a person becomes, the less compassionate s/he is. The illusion of compassion substitutes for the real thing. Religious people tend to be the most bigoted and non-accepting people on earth. They’re the least trustworthy and suffer from the grossest character defects.” end quote

    I’ve been a Christian for 30 or so years…and been a member of four churches in that time and know(n) hundreds of fellow believers, of just about every denomination and stream…of course I’ve come across a few nutters, a few dodgy characters and yes, a rather larger number of hypocrites (join the club!) But the vast – VAST – majority have been the most compassionate, kind, helpful and supportive people I have met. It’s no accident that Christians are “over represented” in the so-called caring professions.

    Unlike Mr Pavlina…who seems quite the unpleasant git (there – now I’m going to have to repent for being mean to him.)

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